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The old saying “a man’s home is his castle” has never been more true than here at Llangoed Hall. Llangoed Hall (meaning Holy Meeting Place) nestles in the Welsh Wye Valley, set in 17 acres of carefully tended parkland and gardens. There are two walks along the river leading directly from the Hall – if you are lucky you’ll spot kingfishers!
This magnificent establishment was originally a castle (once home to the first Welsh parliament), and has now been restored into a stunning 23 bedroom hotel. Despite its grandeur and splendour the Hall exudes a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere – warm, inviting and utterly charming – coupled with old-fashioned service which makes you feel very special.
The Manager, Brian Irving, or a member of staff, is on hand to meet guests at their car, and your luggage is portered directly into the very elegant, grand entrance of the hotel. You are immediately transported into the “at home” experience which the hotel management is so anxious to achieve, and you feel that your visit is going to provide memories to treasure.
Llangoed was in danger of demolition in the early 1970s, but common sense prevailed and it was saved for posterity. In 1987 Sir Bernard Ashley (former chairman of Laura Ashley PLC) bought the property and restored it to its former glory. (An interesting curiosity is an apron, framed in a glass case hanging on the wall in the corridor, which was the first garment ever made by the legendary Laura Ashley).
In July 2012 the hotel was sold to a private owner and a Managing Director was appointed, Mr Calum C Milne. Since then refurbishment and maintenance of the beautiful building has been on going, with great attention to detail and the conservation of special period features, such as the original oak door dating from 1632 in the games room. Calum’s passion for Llangoed is clearly evident – for instance he personally designed the lovely tea-service in use, inspired by the butterflies that visit the garden.
The rooms are comfortably and tastefully decorated with furniture and fabrics by Laura Ashley, who sadly died six weeks before LLangoed was opened so never saw the amazing transformation. The award-winning restaurant is fresh and sophisticated, hung with original artworks, providing a relaxed ambience as you are served delectable dishes by white-gloved waiters. Llangoed has six chefs who use fresh produce sourced from the grounds.
The Hall is a popular venue for special occasions (especially weddings), when it can be booked for exclusive use, and a programme of special breaks and events is on offer throughout the year.
It is hard to top Llangoed for a tranquil, luxury break: the only down side of a stay there is that it is very hard to pack up and head home!
Enjoy Llangoed’s exclusive 2014 Wine and Dine club evenings (each with guest speaker) for £85 per person with pre-dinner drinks, gourmet meal and fine wines. Accommodation from £75 per person (based on two sharing).
See http://llangoedhall.com for more information.
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